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Campus Traditions

We are proud of our beloved campus traditions, many of which take place on an annual basis. These customs and habits create a strong connection to the physical campus for all who spend time here. A sampling includes:

  • Activities Fair
  • All Student Theatre: At the end of every spring semester, students from all majors select, produce, and perform a play on Beaumont Pavilion.
  • Art Prom: Each spring, Art Council hosts a creative “formal” dance.
  • Bazaar
  • Black Anthology: This student production celebrates African-American history and culture, and educates our community.
  • Carnaval: This event celebrates Latin American cultures through dance, music, and skits.
  • Chamber Concert Music Series: Join the Danforth University Center and the Department of Music in the Goldberg Formal Lounge for the monthly Chamber Music Concert Series. This event is free and open to public.
  • Cheap Lunch: Sponsored by EnCouncil, Cheap Lunch is held every Wednesday throughout the academic year. For a small price, you get pizza and all-you-can-eat chips and cookies.
  • Common Reading Program
  • Convocation: Convocation is the official academic welcome to the university for new students and their families.
  • Dance Marathon: Twelve hours of non-stop dancing that benefits the Children’s Miracle Network.
  • Diwali: Sold-out performances celebrating the Indian Festival of Lights.
  • DUC N' Donuts: The first Friday of every month, stop by the Danforth University Center from 9-11 a.m. (or until donuts are gone) for free donuts and coffee and a chance to learn about the month’s events in the DUC.
  • El Mercado
  • First 40: New students participate in a wide-ranging series of social and cultural events, including an all-class party at the Missouri History Museum, during the "First 40" days of classes.
  • First Day
  • Game Day Tailgate
  • Home Plate: A program that matches students with a local family who provides home-cooked meals several times a semester.
  • Lunar New Year Festival: This popular performance celebrates Asian cultures.
  • Moonlight Breakfast: During reading week each semester, faculty and staff serve free breakfast to students for a late-night study break.
  • MX. WashU: An annual fundraiser for CityFaces, an art program for St. Louis kids, teens and young adults living in public housing.
  • Relay for Life: This 12-hour team walking event benefits the American Cancer Society.
  • Residential College Olympics: Annual competition between Residential Colleges in a wide variety of fun events such as basketball, dodgeball, and tug-of-war.
  • Meet St. Louis: Through a wide variety of half-day, small group experiences, first-year students can discover, engage, and reflect on community development efforts and service opportunities in St. Louis.
  • Safe Trick or Treat: CS40 and Campus Y partner to invite St. Louis community members to the South 40 to provide a safe, fun Halloween experience with trick or treating, crafts, and games.
  • SPB Comedy Show
  • Spirit of Korea
  • Thurtene Carnival: The nation’s oldest and largest student-sponsored fair, with proceeds going to charity, is attended by thousands every April.
  • Tuesday Tea @ 3: Every Tuesday, the Danforth University Center hosts Tuesday Tea @ 3 in Tisch Commons.
  • Underpass: The underpass between the South 40 residential area and Danforth Campus is a popular walkway. Student groups often paint the walls of the passageway to advertise news and upcoming events.
  • Vertigo: Dance party sponsored by EnCouncil.
  • WILD (Walk In Lay Down): Held twice each year, this popular festival features music by a nationally recognized band.
  • WUSTock: Put on by Congress of the South 40, WUStock is a concert organized by students, for students every spring.

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